December 10, 2012 Subject:
Ritual Disfigurement - Surgical Consult Review
Deep growls and semi-pig squeals. Not a lot of variation vocally in this album, but still enough to keep it fresh. The vocals are pretty good actually; my favorite style is the low gurgle/growls. It just sounds really brutal. Impossible to understand, but that’s hardly the point. Another reason I like them is that I personally can’t do them, so that raises my level of respect for those who can.
The guitar on this album provides a mixture of brutal and slam riffs. Complex? No. Groovy? Yes. I love brutal death metal, but sometimes, after listening to it for a while, it just become to monotone to bear (part of this due to the crappy earbuds I tend to use.) Not a problem at all with this album. Some of the riffs remind me of Malka (on TFR, look ‘em up) and others of Devourment. Both great bands, both with great riffs. This album just blends the two, coming together in a perfectly crafted expression of brutality. Great guitar work.
Nothing to say about the bass, because this album doesn’t have one! No worries though; the guitar makes up for it.
These drums are electronic. Definitely electronic. It’s painfully obvious. But there is no attempt to hide this, and that’s why it works. Most bands that use electronic drumming try to hide it. This is either a hit or miss thing; the listener can’t tell or the listener thinks the drumming sucks because it’s not “real.” Ritual Disfigurement’s just like “screw that,” and does it’s own thing. It practically prides itself on electronic drums; it pulls off fantastic blast beats that even the best “real” drummers would have trouble with. Not only that, it sounds good. Although everything is basically a blast beat, the tempos of the hits vary, so it’s not boring at all. The drums go well with the guitar, and add flavor to the originality of this album.
Overall, this is one of my favorite albums on TFR. It maintains brutality, a sense of groove, and most importantly: ORIGINALITY! You can tell this is a different band. While Ritual Disfigurement uses techniques used by other bands, it takes it to the next level, and combining the arts of musical brutality and listenability. Definitely recommend listening to this album.